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'War in 140 Characters' Is to the Point

David Patrikarakos has written an engaging narrative that covers the activities and surroundings of eight 21st century social media crusaders.

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In Defense of Wanting to Quit the Internet Because of the 2013 Oscars

The barrage of Oscars-related hate on Twitter and other social media can sure kill the fun of the Internet.

Technology

In Defense of Twitter as the Devil

Twitter and other social media websites trick us into thinking our thoughts matter to people we don't know and we'll never meet.

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'All Star Western' Is at Home, Back East

In a longstanding tradition of using company-wide shakeups to offer a new and engaging visions of Jonah Hex, All Star Western offers perhaps the sincerest reboot of the entire New 52 run.

Games

The Moving Pixels Podcast on 'CivWorld' and Social Gaming

The Moving Pixels Podcast crew considers what happens when you mix a hardcore franchise with the social gaming experience. It may not be pretty.

Games

Paying to Own, Paying to Compete: Monetizing the Social Game

No one wants to buy the win. They want to own the world. Oh, and preferably a much better world than their neighbor's.

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Why Your Facebook Friends Don't 'Like' You

Is your social network giving you the cold shoulder? There may be a reason you're turning off your online friends.

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do...Online

Does changing your relationship status online have to mean digital drama?

Culture

Life in the Age of Authentic Artifice

We're mastering the art of presenting a persona rather than a person -- each becoming a distorted version of ourselves, further and further removed from the real thing.

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Someone to Watch Over Me: An Interview with Ondi Timoner

Director Ondi Timoner talks to PopMatters about her new film, We Live in Public, and what one-time media mogul Joshua Harris' story reveals about our current obsession with social media and its potential consequences.

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The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook

Ben Mezrich's book is the literary equivalent of Mountain Dew: lots of caffeine and sugar but not a lot else. Still, nothing really tastes quite as good on a hot summer’s day as an ice cold Mountain Dew.

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What It'd Be Like to Tweet, FB-Update or Podcast Live from the 1963 March on Washington

Digitizing revolutions: The Negro still is not free [‘My lord’ a sister can be heard saying, and you can almost see her gleaming from sweat, fanning herself and shaking her head side to side with her eyes firmly fixed on Dr. King].

Diepiriye Kuku
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Privately Exposed: New Facebook Privacy Settings Betrays Users

Without providing a choice to opt-out or pay a membership fee, Facebook switched Darrins and expected us not to notice -- and your private life was opened up for the world to see.

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In the J-Zone Zone

Like college, or Play-Doh, a social media tool is what we make of it, and J-Zone's got the skills to make things interesting.

Music

Music Scrobbling as a Panopticism of Taste

Among social networking sites, it's only Last.fm, only scrobbling -- which, once activated, operates entirely on its own, as an unconscious background function -- that channels the essence of Foucault's social panopticism.

Calum Marsh
Internet

Whither MySpace?

Like good nightclub promoters, MySpace sought out the ladies, then created an experience that everyone enjoyed. But is the party coming to an end?

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Facebook vs Twitter

Facebook has changed itself once again, this time with more than just a little influence from the upstart social networking site.

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Facebook teams up with Oodle

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Facebook to create 'bill of rights'

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Friendship As Media

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Facebook friend, or ego?

Steve Johnson
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Broadcasting the self

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Microsoft wants to add Silicon Valley as a friend

Scott Duke Harris and John Boudreau
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